There is now a new Squidoo lens that details what is encompassed by the label of modern renaissance education. There are techniques, books, and ideas that can help you self-educate in the classics. This will be a fine guideline as you pursue wisdom and understanding.
There is also the start of a Top 100 classic Books List that you can add to.
Renaissance Education: understanding, wisdom, and a keen eye for logic can be developed by anyone willing to put in the effort required.
You will enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life.